Available to homeowners is the Mortgage Interest Deduction for up to $1,000,000 of acquisition debt on both their first and second home. If they have Home Equity debt they can also deduct interest on up to an additional $100,000.
Home Equity Debt can be used for any purpose such as educational or medical expenses, buying a personal car or boat, or consolidating and paying off credit cards, while Acquisition Debt is used to buy, build or improve a principal residence.
Homeowners with homes for sale in Northern Virginia and sufficient equity in their home could replace a credit card with $15,000 debt at 19% interest with a home equity loan at a much lower interest rate. Now the interest rate gained by the equity loan becomes about 1/3 of the credit card rate and it is tax deductible. You read right, Tax Deductible.
If the taxpayer was in the 28% bracket, the net interest on a 6.5% loan would be 4.68% after tax benefits are considered.
By shifting personal debt to Home Equity debt, a homeowner will get an interest deduction and probably, a lower interest rate. Homeowners with homes for sale in Northern Virginia can earn a net savings by shifting away from higher credit card debt.
For more information, see IRS Publication 936 page 10 and consult your tax professional.
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